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Helping Hands (and Feet) Add Meaning to King Tribute

Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major

Unselfish in their community commitment and undeterred by winter’s chill, about 225 people participated in Monday’s 10th annual Peace Walk to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King. Members of the Penn College community (with notable contributions from fraternity members and Wildcat student-athletes) were among those gathering at Lycoming College’s Lamade Gymnasium for the kickoff event, and more than 150 walkers – honoring the theme of a day ON rather than a holiday off – stuck around to perform service projects on behalf of 15 local nonprofits (West End Christian Community Center, Saving Grace Shelter, American Rescue Workers, Sojourner Truth Ministries, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Footprints of Montgomery, New Love Center Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lycoming County, West House, Center City Food Bank, Firetree Place, Transitional Living Center and the Salvation Army in Williamsport, Muncy and Lock Haven). The two colleges were co-organizers, along with STEP Inc. AmeriCorps and the Beloved Community Council.

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‘Dream Week’ Guest to Facilitate Discussion, Deliver Keynote Address

Jamie Washington

The president and founder of a multicultural organizational development firm, a self-described “instrument of change,” will be the keynote speaker as Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its Dream Week reflections on the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

“The Content of Our Character: Doing the Work to Live Out the Dream of Inclusion” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday by Jamie Washington, whose Baltimore-based Washington Consulting Group has been named one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Penn College Athletes Give Back to Community

Being an athlete at Pennsylvania College of Technology means more than hitting a ball or scoring a goal: It means giving back to the community and, during the Fall 2016 semester, Wildcats completed 1,648 community service hours.

Wildcat athletes volunteered at 10 events, on campus and in the Williamsport community, and helped raise $1,575 for various charitable organizations. Organized by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, all athletic programs participated in at least one event including walks to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and sexual assault, marathons supporting the Salvation Army, cleaning up the Susquehanna River Walk and Logue Park, helping incoming students move in, volunteering at Firetree Place, hosting a youth soccer clinic, and participating in No-Shave November.

Last year, the department reached slightly more than 3,000 community service hours and is on pace to surpass that total by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

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Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Hospitality Students

An alumna and longtime adviser of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality department has established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the same field.

The Diane L. Dorner Scholarship will benefit first- and second-year students in several of Penn College’s hospitality-related majors: culinary arts and systems, culinary arts technology, hospitality management, and business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Dorner graduated from Williamsport Area Community College, Penn College’s immediate predecessor, in 1979 with an associate degree in food and hospitality management. She is district manager for Carrols LLC, a Burger King franchisee that operates more than 700 restaurants in 16 states.

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Penn College Names Associate VP for Human Resources

Hillary E. Hofstrom

Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Hillary E. Hofstrom associate vice president for human resources and expanded the responsibilities of two other longtime administrators in the Human Resources Office.

Hofstrom, who had been director of employee relations and compliance, will oversee all activities within Human Resources. She will report to Suzanne T. Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, and Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. She will also serve on President’s Council.

LaDonna J. Caldwell remains director of compensation and benefits but takes on new responsibilities within Human Resources. She will be responsible for administering the college’s wage and salary programs, supervising the employee benefits program, administering the job/position analysis process, partnering with Financial Operations on the salary increment process, reviewing and authorizing all college personnel actions for payroll, and supporting professional development and the onboarding process.

Molly J. Steele-Schrimp, who had been compensation and benefits specialist, becomes manager of employment. She will conduct new-employee orientations and exit interviews, serve as the initial contact for college employee benefit problems and information, process new and updated salary-system calculations, manage the employee leave of absence process, partner in the administration of worker’s compensation, and assure compliance with state Department of Transportation regulations related to employees using CDL licenses. She will also serve as the college’s deputy coordinator and lead investigator of Title VII, Title IX and Section 504/ADA for employment.

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Penn College Plastics Student Awarded Scholarship

Logan A. Tate

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is one of seven nationwide recipients of a scholarship from the Plastics Pioneers Association.

The nonprofit, membership organization awarded a $3,000 scholarship to Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport, for his commitment to becoming a hands-on professional in the plastics industry as a technician or engineer.

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‘The World Is Waiting. Are You Ready?’

Johnathan T. Capps, an applied technology studies major from North Wales, poses that vital question during the second in a planned series of 30-second branding spots newly posted to the Penn College’s YouTube channel. Thanks to degrees that work, Penn College students are empowered to be tomorrow’s dreamers, pioneers and leaders. Along with the college’s first branding-campaign commercial – which featured welding and fabrication engineering technology major Stephanie M. Puckly asking, “What if you could change the world?” – the spots air on various broadcast and cable outlets in Pennsylvania and online.

Homeowners Invited to Undergo Student-Led Energy Audits

auditStudents in the Renewable Energy Technologies course are looking for homes in which to perform energy audits, identify energy-saving measures and recommend renewable systems. To qualify, a home must be a freestanding single-family dwelling. Students will come to the house and evaluate it as part of their course requirements. They will produce a report that will document how airtight the home is and where it leaks air, recommend ways in which energy use and comfort can be improved, and show how renewable energy (photovoltaic and solar thermal systems) can be integrated. Those interested in volunteering their homes are asked to email Dorothy J. Gerring, associate professor of architectural technology, and include an address, phone number and email. What secrets does your house keep?  The students will find out using a blower door test and infrared thermal imaging. The images above show the corner/ceiling of a client’s bedroom: on the left is what it actually looks like; on the right is a thermal image.  The images were taken on a cold winter day, so the interior of the house was warm (yellow colors in second image) and the places where there is missing or compromised insulation in the ceiling and air infiltration on walls are cold (which shows as blue in the right-hand photo). “My husband, Jeff, and I were pleased to have our home chosen by a team of two students for the energy audit,” said Kimberly M. Antion, secretary to the School of  Construction & Design Technologies. “The students conducted themselves very professionally while in our home.  They explained what they were going to do and asked questions of my husband and me when necessary.  The blower-door test produced some startling results that Jeff and I are now in the process of remediating. We are both glad that we had this energy audit done on our home. It will not only save us energy dollars, but also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.”

Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity

A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”

The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Penn College Issues List of Fall 2016 Graduates

The list of Fall 2016 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released.

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Fall 2016 Dean’s List Announced

The Fall 2016 dean’s list has been released at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College Contingent Participates in Conferences

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology at Penn College, holds his Autodesk Expert Elite Award, which was presented to him for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty were big winners recently in Las Vegas. The contingent attended two major industry conferences during the same week.

Representatives from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies participated in FABTECH 2016 and the Autodesk University conference. FABTECH is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America; the Autodesk event is geared to those who utilize the company’s computer-aided design software.

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, received special recognition at the Autodesk conference. He completed the Inventor 2017 certified professional exam and was presented with the Autodesk Expert Elite Award for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.

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‘Transformation’ Opens New Year at Penn College Gallery

Zahra Nazari’s "The World Is Beautiful Before It Is True,” acrylic on canvas, 48 x 84 inches

An inspired blend of ancient Iranian culture and modern Manhattan architecture, “Transformation” opens 2017 in The Gallery at Penn College. Running from Jan. 12 through March 2, the exhibit showcases works by Zahra Nazari, a native of Iran who resides and works in New York City.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, featuring an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Free Student Tickets Available for Several CAC Shows

Limited student tickets available

A limited number of free tickets are available to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for several of this season’s Community Arts Center shows. In order to give the most students the opportunity to attend a free performance, a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up one ticket for one performance per semester, while supplies last. For shows deemed “family friendly,” a student with a valid Penn College ID may pick up four tickets for one performance per semester. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional tickets if any remain unclaimed one week before the performance date.

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iLuminate: The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have in the Dark!

iLuminate

From “America’s Got Talent” and a recent New York City tour, iLuminate will light up the Community Arts Center’s stage – literally – at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Bush Campus Center Information Desk has a limited number of free tickets available to students, plus tickets to sell for a discounted price of $20 for students, faculty and staff.  Penn College students and employees can buy additional tickets for family members at the Campus Center, as well, while supplies last. (Please note: only students can get into the theater with a student ticket. Students are ages preschool through college. All tickets will be checked at the door. College students must present valid student ID night of show.) iLuminate is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing-arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless-lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride. All orders must be paid with cash, check or credit card. By purchasing at the Campus Center, the 4-percent service fee that the Arts Center box office charges will be waived. There are no refunds or exchanges, and the offer ends Feb. 1. For complete show details and a video clip, visit the CAC website. The Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, is at 220 W. Fourth St. in downtown Williamsport (just a few blocks from campus). Complimentary Show Shuttle service will be available for the show.

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